Frequently Asked Questions

If you are looking for an Airbnb, this is not the trip for you.

Are the huts an Airbnb?

No, the huts are not an Airbnb. These unique huts are built using repurposed high-top (9′ 6″) shipping containers.

How do I book my stay?

You can book online at aquariustrail.com/book-now/ or call us at 1-800-596-2953 option 1.

There will be a 50% deposit at the time of booking. The remainder will be collected 60 days before your arrival.

How many people do the huts sleep?

A full booking accommodates 12 people. A partial booking accommodates up to 6. Each hut location has two bunkhouses with bunk beds and a futon sleeping a total of 6 people in each bunkhouse. The only exception is Hatch Hut where there are three bunkhouses sleeping 6, 4, and 2 respectively.

If you have more than 12 in your group, give us a call! We will do our best to accommodate. 

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What bikes and gear do you recommend?

The best bike is a full suspension or hardtail mountain bike to experience the single track the route has to offer. Gravel bikes are great as long as you follow the dirt road gravel route.

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Do you rent bikes?

Yes. We rent Rocky Mountain Full Suspension Mountain Bikes and Electric Full Suspension Mountain Bikes. You can reserve your mountain bike of choice by giving us us a call at 1.800.596.2953 option 1.

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Do you sell bikepacking bags?

Yes we do! Visit Bikepacking Bags for more information. View our gear recommendations video below for additional recommendations.

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What do I need to carry from hut to hut?

You will need to carry the following:

  1. Your souvenir pillow case and sleeping bag liner provided to you at the first hut
  2. Your personal belongings
  3. Your lunch, snacks and water
  4. If you are renting an eBike from us, you will need to carry your charger with you

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What types of terrain will I be riding along the route?
– 18% paved (mostly towards the end of the route) 
– 22% graded dirt road
– 20% non-graded dirt road
– 19% double-track 
– 21% single-track 
Where can I park before entering the trail?

If you are starting in Brian Head, you can park in the west end of the Giant Steps parking lot. The address is 329 South Highway 143 Brian Head, UT 84719

Parking in Brian Head
Parking in Brian Head
If you are parking in Escalante, you can leave your car at Escalante Cyclery.
145 West Main Street
Escalante, Utah 84726
Is there a shuttle service available?
Yes. For an additional fee, we offer two shuttle options:
8:00am on the first day of your trip to take you from Escalante Cyclery to Brian Head. This allows you to leave at your leisure when you are done.
Alternatively, you take a shuttle at 3:00pm on the last day of your trip from Escalante to Brian Head. To book, please call our office at 702-596-2953. 
Do I need a support vehicle while riding from hut to hut?

If you’re not an experienced cyclist with camping experience or bike packing experience, we recommend that you have some sort of support. That support can mean traveling with experienced bike packers in your group or having a support vehicle. You can use a support vehicle to carry extra tools or gear, and have it meet you at the different hut locations each night.

If I have an issue on the trail can you help me?

For non-medical emergencies, you can call the number provided to you in your booking email. It may take us a few hours to get to you depending on your location. There will be a charge for emergency mobile services of $75 per hour from the time the employee leaves their post to when they return. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

If you are not confident with your backcountry capabilities, we suggest booking a guided tour.

Can I park a vehicle at the huts?

There is parking available at each hut. You need to book the semi-private or full private option to use the parking so we can control the number of cars at each hut. If you have questions please call our office at 702-596-2953 option 1.

How do I gain access to the huts when I arrive?

Several days before your arrival you will receive a code for keyless entry. You will also receive a code for our manual key box found on the side of the hut if the electronic keypad is not working.

 

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What kind of food do you provide?

We have many great options waiting for you at the huts. Gluten-free additions can be included for a fee. You will find suggested recipes in the kitchen upon your arrival. Each hut has a standard menu but there is always other foods like burgers, soups, beans, pasta, cookies, coffee, and other staple items so you will never have to go hungry while traveling our hut system. Your lunch options are the same at each hut including lunch meat for sandwiches, energy drink mix, chips, cookies, energy bars, PB&J, and more. The lunches are made to be taken with you and enjoyed along the trail. You can see a full list of our cuisine at aquariustrail.com/hut-provisions-cuisine/.

Will there be vegetarian food options?

Absolutely. We have many great options including veggie burgers, pasta, salad, potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, vegetables and more. 

Do you have gluten-free food options?

We have many food items that cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. If you would like a special gluten-free menu to be implemented for your stay, it must be arranged beforehand and will include an additional fee. 

Do you have beer at the huts?

Yes. At checkout you will be given the option to purchase the Beer Package for $57 per person. This will provide access to a selection of beer at each hut. At each hut you will be allotted 3 beers.

Do I have to share a kitchen with other people?

Our hut locations are set up with 2 separate bunk houses and a common kitchen and bathroom. If you would like to be the only ones using the kitchen and bathroom, you have the option of booking both huts. That way, no one else will be on the property for the dates you are there.

Where will my sleeping gear be?

At your first hut there will be a pillowcase and sleeping bag liner for you on your bed when you arrive. You will need to carry both of these with you along your trip. Your sleeping bag will be hanging at each hut upon arrival. At the end of your ride, at the final hut, there will be a place to deposit the sleeping bag liner. The souvenir pillowcase is yours to keep.

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Will I have cell phone coverage while traveling the hut system?

For about 80% of the route you will have cell service and 65% of the route LTE internet with the exception to Hell’s Backbone where we have installed Satellite WiFi. Here are the current signal strengths at each hut.
Hatch Hut – Very Strong signal – LTE – Most service providers
Butch Cassidy Hut – Strong signal – LTE – Most service providers
Pine Lake Hut – Good signal – LTE – Most service providers
Aquarius Trail Hut – Weak signal – 1X-LTE – Verizon Only
Hell’s Backbone Hut –  Very Strong 2.4gh WiFi access only – No service providers

Is there electricity to charge my phone?

Yes. The hut system is built completely off grid and electricity is created by our solar panels. There are outlets in each hut and in the kitchen area so you can charge your devices and be ready to go for the next day. For eBikes, you will use the generator stored in the bathroom. Pull the generator onto the deck to charge the bikes. You can charge as many eBikes as needed.

 

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Can I ride my eBike and charge it along the route?

Yes. There is a separate designed route that shows where eBikes can ride. eBikes must follow the eBike route and are not allowed on the singletrack on days 1, 3 and 5. Each hut has a gas or propane powered generator to charge your eBike so you have a full battery to continue to the next hut. Please respect other guests at the hut and do not use generators after 10:00pm. Extra gas will be available alongside the generator if needed. Please do NOT plug your eBikes into the outlets in the huts.

Important information: you will need to carry the charger with you to each hut. We will only have chargers at the first hut.

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What if we show up and there is no electricity at the hut?

In the rare occasion there is no electricity, (after all, these are backcountry huts off the grid) don’t worry. We have a backup generator. Take the generator out of the bathroom and run the extension cord to charge your devices and make sure you plug in the refrigerator. Don’t forget to put it back in the bathroom and lock it up before you leave.

Do you have tools available if I need to repair my bike?

We have a work stand available to use and is located either in Bunkhouse 1 or the Kitchen hut. We also provide tools (located in the kitchen area) for basic maintenance on your bike. If your bike requires special tools, you should bring those on your ride.

To clean off your bike, you may use paper towels or red shop rags to wipe down your chain and crucial mechanical parts. Because water is a commodity in the backcountry, there is not water to spray off your bike. However, you may use small amounts of water from the kitchen faucet to wet your cleaning rag or paper towels. Please do not use excessive water to wash your bike

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Is there hot water available?

Yes. You can heat water on the kitchen propane stove and use that for your needs. This includes hot water for coffee, cocoa, cooking, and if needed, to fill a solar shower bag with warm water. Hot water does not come out by default from our showers or faucets.

 

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What is the restroom facility like?

The federal government mandates that our toilet system MUST be above ground. Because of this, our toilets may appear shallow, but do have a 300 gallon capacity. 

We do our best to maintain the area as clean as possible and provide anti-odor supplies, lime treatments etc. There is also a sink with a foot pump for hand washing.

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Are there showers at the huts?

Yes. We have an enclosed foot pump shower at all the huts. The cool water is quite refreshing after a full day’s ride. Hot water does not come out by default from our showers or faucets. There is a solar water shower at each hut.

 

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Do you provide towels for showers?

Yes. We provide one towel per person per hut.

 

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Do you provide slippers?

For your comfort and convenience, we now have recovery slip-ons (kind of like crocs) at each hut in various sizes. They will be washed and disinfected between each visit, just in time for you to unwind!

Will I get a physical map of the hut system?

Yes. When you arrive at your first hut, you will have a brand new Aquarius Trail pillowcase waiting for you on your bed. This is yours to keep and you will need to take this with you from hut to hut. On the pillowcase is a map of the entire Aquarius Trail Hut System. This is to remind you of where you are going each day and doubles as a comfy place to lay your head.

Is there a fire pit?

Yes. All of our huts have a propane fire pit to end your day sitting around the fire, roasting marshmallows and sharing stories from your epic adventure that day.

However, wood campfires are not permitted. Dixie National Forest does NOT allow campfires at the huts. If you have a campfire, you will be charged a $250 fine.

Are there chairs?

Yes. You will find them either in the shower room or sleeping units.

 

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What do I need to clean up when I leave?

We have a Checkout Procedure posted at each hut for your reference. Leave the hut in the same condition you found it. Sweep the floors, wipe down the counters, wash and dry all dishes and put them away, place your soiled towel in the laundry bin in the kitchen area and make sure the door is locked to the bunkhouses, bathroom, and kitchen.

Do you have a cleaning fee?

No. However we do place a hold on your card for a damage deposit of $10 per person per night. We expect each guest to clean up and leave the hut the way they found it. This includes sweeping out and cleaning surfaces in your hut (using provided disinfectant spray), cleaning bathroom, hanging your sleeping bag back on the rack, putting soiled towel in laundry bin (in shower room), cleaning kitchen and shower unit, wiping down shower surface, washing all dishes and putting them away. Once you check out on the last day and we make sure the huts are clean, there is not damage and nothing is missing, then we will release the hold.

How do I lock the huts when I leave?

Locking the hut is as simple as pushing the LOCK button on the digital keypad. If you used the manual key, lock the door and then return the key to the key box and make sure it is locked. Please double check and make sure all doors and locks are secure before leaving.

 

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Can I book a private trip?

Yes. When booking your reservation, you will be given the option to book both huts. This hosts up to 12 riders and guarantees that no one else will be staying on the property for the dates you are there.

If you have more than 12 in your group, give us a call! We will do our best to accommodate. 

I am travelling by myself. Can I book a single bed?

Single rider options are available offline. Please contact our office at 702-596-2953 Option 1 to check availability and book your trip. You can also coordinate with other prospective riders on our discussion board.

I have a friend who wants to join last minute. What do I do?

Even though our reservations are by hut, every guest needs a reservation in advance due to capacity as well as food preparations. Give us a call and we will let you know if there is room and we’ll do our best to accommodate them. No one is allowed to stay in the huts who does not have a reservation.

I don’t ride bikes but I’m coming along with my family. Can I drive and meet them at each hut?

Yes. There’s nothing we love more than families and friends enjoying the outdoors together! We have plenty of parking at each hut. We have comfortable chairs and relaxing hammocks that will be waiting for you to kick back, pick up a book or just sit and enjoy the beautiful, peaceful backcountry. You need to book the semi-private or full private option to use the parking so we can control the number of cars at each hut. If you have questions please call our office at 702-596-2953 option 1.

Do I have to change huts every night, or can I stay longer?

At this time, we are only taking bookings for the entire route. Please call our office for possible options in the shoulder season.

Are pets allowed at the huts?

In consideration of other guests, and to keep the huts clean and allergy-free, pets of any kind are not allowed at the huts. 

Are the huts wheelchair accessible?

Yes! All of the huts meet ADA requirements for bathrooms and all ramps have been graded for total compliance. Every hut is also accessible by vehicle, with ample parking. 

What is your cancellation policy?

View our Cancellation Policy here.

Booking

We are currently taking reservations for the entire Aquarius Trail Hut System. 

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